BLACK TUSK, THOU, MONSTRO
7 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.
Hailing from Savannah, Ga. (home of co-conspirators like Baroness and Kylesa), Black Tusk mixes elements of hardcore (think early Black Flag) and nasty Motorhead ass-kicking with the hammering riff-violence of classic Slayer. The band isn't shy about locking down on a bitchin' groove or unfurling an effects-laden swirl of psychedelic guitar every once in a while. But overall, don't look for a lot of weedly-weedly fret-board acrobatics. Black Tusk is all about the bludgeoning. As with many Southern metal bands, the inestimable Eyehategod is a foundational element for Baton Rouge's Thou. But from the sludgy blues metal of its forebear, Thou expands in nearly every direction, from caustic black metal throat shredding to grindcore blast beats to occasional moments of Floyd-ian space-out to gloomy post-rock atmospherics. Monstro is a relatively new act out of Atlanta, with personnel formerly of Torche and Bloodsimple, and hearkens back to classic hard-rock giants like Rush and The Who. Locals Iron Tongue and Weedbeast round out what will be, without question, one of the best metal shows of the year, at a place that gets a whole lotta great metal shows. RB.
EPIPHANY FEAT. GINA GEE & ONE NIGHT STAND
9:30 p.m. Stickyz. $10.
Local rap standout Epiphany returns to town after a mini-tour that took him and local R&B diva Gina Gee throughout the South — Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas. Thursday's show marks the end of that "Such Is Life" tour and the end, at least for the near future, of Epiphany and Gina Gee performing with their backing band, One Night Stand. Those who appreciate hip-hop being performed well on stage will want to make it out to this one, where another local rapper, Kwestion, will also be performing with a live band, Machetes and Spoons, and celebrating the release of a new album. Little Rock's go-to emcee, Osyrus Bolly, hosts. LM.
DOWNTOWN TIP OFF CLUB: MIKE ANDERSON
11:15 a.m. Wyndham Riverfront Hotel. $15-$20.
While most folks are maintaining reasonable expectations for what could shape up to be a rocky season, there is an undeniable level of excitement about Mike Anderson's return to The Hill. The new head coach of the Razorback men's basketball team is, of course, no stranger to Fayetteville. He served as assistant coach to Nolan Richardson during the heyday of the program, which saw three trips to the NCAA Final Four and a national championship in 1994. Anderson's approach is rooted in the intense pressure, "40 minutes of hell" style of play that Richardson made the hallmark of the hoop Hogs. Anderson himself has tempered early expectations, telling The Birmingham News that this first season might be more like "25 minutes of hell, and 15 minutes of 'What the hell are we doing?' " But after more than a decade of middling basketball, Razorback fans are understandably excited about Anderson coming home to Bud Walton Arena. It'll be nice to see packed houses once again at The House that Nolan Built. The Hogs take on the Houston Cougars at Verizon Arena Friday night at 7 p.m. RB.
FLAMEING DAETH FEARIES, GLITTERCORE
8 p.m. Vino's. $8.
For an evening of unbridled rock 'n' roll hedonism, this raht cheer should do nicely. Local troublemaking four-piece Flameing Daeth Fearies has all the subtlety of a screaming, drunken frat bro streaking the quad with a fifth of vodka in one hand and half-inflated blow-up doll in the other. But you know what? There's a time and place for everything, and sometimes that dude is the exact dude you want at your party. You know, to liven things up and make everyone laugh while also invading their personal space and making them feel a just a tiny bit uncomfortable. What else would you expect from a band with songs called "French Bitch," "Luke Is Gay" and "Tranny Granny"? Glittercore is a relatively new act with folks from Trusty, Il Libertina, Techno Squid Eats Parliament and several others. The band's got a glam rock steeze, evidenced by singer/guitarist Paul Bowling's recent solo turn as David Bowie at White Water Tavern's Halloween cover-up show (check out his version of "Life On Mars?" on YouTube). Opening act Jab Jab Sucker Punch plays loud-ass rock, a kind of sobered-up Big Boss Line, according to an inside source. The band features two former BBL members, as well as personnel from The Moving Front and Ashtray Babyhead. It's an all-ages show. RB.